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Le Sueur County 4-H'er Brian Prchal receives scholarships for agriculture study and research

2015 recipient of the CCI Innovations
in Agriculture Scholarship
Meet Brian Prchal, a freshman at South Dakota State University and the recipient of three scholarships from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation!

Brian's vision for the future is to live as self sufficiently as possible. He plans to pursue degrees in mechanical and precision agricultural engineering, as well as a minor in sustainable energy. As a student at South Dakota State University, Brian hopes to utilize his courses of study to create new and improved machinery that will help preserve and protect the world's natural resources. He plans to focus on reducing soil compaction, the use of fossil fuels, and the carbon footprint, all while preserving natural habitats by lessening the amount of herbicides and pesticides, but not decreasing production. He plans for his future farm to have as many renewable energy sources as possible, including wind, solar, biodiesel, and geothermal sources.

Brian Prchal
Ed Schultz Scholarship
Brian has been active in Le Sueur County 4-H since the 4th grade, and was involved in a variety of projects such as photography, crop sciences, sheep, swine, and poultry. He has competed and placed in a plethora of 4-H events at the Minnesota State Fair and has participated in Citizenship Washington Focus, which he recalls as one of the highlights of his 4-H career.

Brian working on his scholarship-winning
research for the 2015 Minnesota 4-H Science
of Agriculture program
Brian has always had a passion for science, and placed third at the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge last year. He has a great passion for renewable energy, and has worked hard to develop ways in which to reduce the damage to the environment. Two years ago, he worked on a project for the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA, where he discovered that biosolids from wastewater treatment plants affected the growth of varieties of switchgrass. One year later, he worked on another project where he successfully created 2.5 liters of his own biodiesel from waste vegetable oil. He was also co-captain of the Rube Goldberg team in his high school, and two years ago, designed and built a one man vehicle with a team that placed 4th in the state competition.

"4-H has allowed me to broaden my horizons, strengthen my hands-on and presentation skills and has shaped me into the person I am today," he writes. 

Congratulations to Brian Prchal for winning these prestigious awards!

by Eunice Lin
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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